Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Periodical: RJJ Journal no. LVII

The Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society LVII (Pesach 5769, Spring 2009):

  • A New Set of Genes: Halachic Issues in Genetically-Engineered Foods by Michael I. Oppenheim, MD -- A fairly comprehensive review of recent posekim about the kosher status of genetically engineered foods by one of my four favorite doctors in the Five Towns.

  • May a Kohen Enter a Museum? by R. Mordechai Millunchik -- Bottom line: If the museum has a corpse, probably not.

  • Heating Food on Shabbat by Yosef Wagner and Binyamin Silver -- A basic review of the positions. I'm not sure why this article was necessary when the subject is discussed in a number of readily available books.

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  • Pathways: Easements in Halacha by R. Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer -- What recent authorities have said about removing public access to a path that has been used widely in the past. I was recently told in the name of R. Asher Weiss that the best way to learn Choshen Mishpat is through sugyos. Here's one.

  • Life-Saving Duties on Shabbat: Switching Call With a Non-Observant Jews by R. Howard Apfel -- Exploring the lenient position of R. Moshe Feinstein and the strict position of R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach. Surprisingly, the author doesn't quote any of the literature regarding a religious soldier switching shifts with a non-religious soldier (e.g. R. Nachum Rabinovich, Melumedei Milchamah, no. 11; R. Yosef Tzvi Rimon, Tzava Ka-Halakhah, pp. 169-170).

  • May the Jewish Daughter of a Gentile Man Marry a Kohen? by R. Michael Broyde -- No. See the full article here: link.

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